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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Seldin to Face Gil

Cletus "Da Hamma" Seldin will move down to junior welterweight for his clash against Ramesis Gil on September 19 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. This will be Seldin's first fight since an impressive showing against Bayan Jargal, a fight that disappointingly resulted in a no contest due to a cut caused by a butt to Jargal.

Seldin (13-0, 10 KOs) is scheduled for his first bout at junior welterweight; he has spent his entire career at welterweight. For his fight against Jargal, Seldin weighed in at a career low 140.75 pounds. Da Hamma can box, but prefers to use aggression and a barrage of overhand rights to injure his opponents. He also has  mean left hook.

Gil (8-8-5, 5 KOs) is better than his record suggests. Ten of his last eleven opponents were undefeated when he faced them. The 31 year old Dominican native defeated two of those undefeated opponents and drew with prospect Jamie Kavanagh. Gil, who has fought between junior lightweight and junior welterweight, has lost to a few noted fighters, including Darleys Perez, Jerry Belmontes, and Karl Dargan.

Gil lost a split decision against the highly touted Dargan after knocking down the undefeated prospect from Philadelphia in the first round. Gil has a big overhand right, is committed to the body, and is a fast starter. That may pose a problem for Seldin, who can sometimes get caught hard blows early.

Gil can be neutralized by fast-handed boxers. Dargan and Anthony Flores, Gil's last opponent, each performed much better when sticking and moving against Gil. Gil has been stopped in half of his last four fights and four times overall. With Seldin's power, that's an ominous sign for Gil if he can't find early success.

This bout is scheduled for ten rounds. Neither man has fought beyond an eight-rounder in their careers.

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